behape, 2006






-> more




















Composition for 2 clarinets and sound projection (2006)

In behape the sonic spectrum of two clarinets (1 clarinet in Bb, 1 bass clarinet) are combined with their
electroacoustic derivates. Two loudspeakers are set up, one speaker behind each musician.

The composition deals with fundamental questions of connecting acoustic and visual information.
Can we always trust our eyes, do we hear what we see, how easily can our perceptual system be tricked?

Both musicians play their instruments without amplification, but throughout the course of the piece acoustic and
electroacoustic sounds get intertwined more and more, tricking our senses. All electroacoustic sounds are untreated
sound samples of clarinet playing. Sometimes certain tones are faked by the musicians by performing the respective
visual gestures only, yet the actual sound is projected from a loudspeaker. By creating an ambiguous perceptual situation
where visual and acoustic elements sometimes don't match, the usual predominance of visual information is abolished.

This compositon was made possible with support by SKE-Fonds, Austria.

Past presentations

Echoraum, Vienna, March 2006 (premiere)
Petra Stump and Heinz-Peter Linshalm: clarinets

Neues Kunsthaus Ahrenshoop, Germany, September 29th, 2006
Matthias Badczong & Christian Vogel:

Festival SonoAustria '07, Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid, October 9th, 2007
Duo stump-linshalm: clarinets

Festival Sonic Circuits, Pyramid Atlantic, Washington, DC, September 30th, 2008
Pamela Helton & Ben Redwine: clarinets